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Building of the month:


A BREEAM Outstanding first

The new Carnegie Primary school in Dunfermline, Fife has become the first UK primary school to achieve BREEAM Outstanding. Designed and constructed by Morgan Sindall, the building and landscape form part of the learning environment, with classrooms around a central hub leading to outdoor areas featuring activity trails and wildlife habitats. The design is expected to deliver a 90% reduction in energy for lighting. More



Nick Hewer to host Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Awards.

Nick Hewer from the BBC’s Apprentice and Channel 4’s Countdown will host the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Awards on 12 September at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. Energy and Climate Change Minister, Greg Barker, will deliver the opening address at the event and the panel of industry experts judging the entries will include John Holden from BRE Global. More


Government announces RHI details

From next year households installing renewable heat technologies – air and ground source heat pumps, biomass boilers and solar thermal systems – may be eligible for incentive payments as part of the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme. The scheme requires that all installations and installers are compliant with a recognised certification scheme, such as the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS). BRE Global offers UKAS accredited certification services for both installer and product approvals under MCS. More


Congratulations to BREEAM NOR

Schweigaardsgate 21 and 23 (see left) are the first buildings in Norway to achieve BREEAM NOR certification. Developed by ROM Eiendom AS and built by Skanska Norge AS, the buildings in central Oslo have achieved an Excellent BREEAM rating. The Norwegian Green Building Council is the national scheme operator in Norway and the building occupiers are national railway operator, NSB Group, and Gjensidige Forsikring, a major insurance group. More


Implementation date for MCS 012 has changed

The use of MCS 012 certificated products will now be mandatory for MCS installers of pitched roof mounted solar thermal and solar photovoltaic systems, from 31 March 2014. MCS 012 includes requirements for pitched roof mounting kits for on-roof and roof-integrated solar collectors and photovoltaic modules. BRE Global is fully accredited for certifying products to MCS 012. To apply call 01923 664100 or e-mail


Help shape the future of sustainable refurbishment

A recently launched membership scheme for users of the BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment sustainability assessment method offers members a package of benefits, along with the opportunity to influence the scheme’s future direction More


INSITE is back

The much anticipated INSITE13 event includes a half-day technology conference featuring high profile speakers and an Innovation Zone showcasing new and emerging technologies. With the theme of providing the buildings, environments and technologies that people and communities want, INSITE13 is on 2-3 October at BRE Watford. To exhibit at INSITE13, email


More BREEAM progress in Greece

Congratulations to Pantelis Levantis who continues to promote the use of BREEAM in Greece despite the challenging economic conditions. The latest development is the Scriptorium office building in Athens (see right) which has scored an interim BREEAM rating of Very Good. This follows the BREEAM success of a new supermarket in Athens– more


Launch of new EPD

BRE has launched a new EN 15804 compliant Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) scheme. EPDs are increasingly being used by manufacturers to communicate sustainability credentials to customers, and are also useful for targeting impact reductions, engaging with the supply chain and enabling meaningful comparisons of product sustainability impacts. More

Start using the new rdProSAP software today

BRE’s new rdProSAP software helps to simplify and streamline the EPC assessment production and incorporates many new features in response to feedback from users. The software is available free of charge to all BRE DEA scheme members – for those members who have not yet used the new rdProSAP software, take a look at the online tutorial here

International Innovation & Research (I&R) Awards 2013 now open

CIOB’s I&R Awards celebrate achievement across the built environment, from academic research to industry innovation. The Awards give everyone from recent graduates to experienced academics and industry practitioners a chance to put their work in the spotlight. You can be based anywhere in the world and do not have to be a CIOB member to enter. The deadline for entries is 4 October 2013. More

Free Energy Assessors’ application offer – save £100

Application for membership of the BRE Global Accreditation Scheme is currently free of charge. Membership allows assessors to demonstrate that they are working to the highest levels of technical competence. Click here for the four-step online application form and enter the discount code ‘freeapp1’ at step four to waive the £100 application fee. For further information tel: 0845 863 0014 or email:

Meet us at international microgeneration exhibitions

BRE Global’s Laura Critien attended InterSolar Europe (the world’s largest exhibition for the solar industry and its partners) in June, working in collaboration with TUV Rheinland Energie und Umwelt GmbH. Attending international exhibitions such as this enables us to meet our clients and discuss their microgeneration product certification needs in person. If you are attending or exhibiting at an industry exhibition please contact us at

Forthcoming events and training

BREEAM training
For full details of events and training programmes on all aspects of the BREEAM schemes and built environment sustainability click here.

Display Energy Certificates for Public Buildings
1-7 August  
Qualification and experienced practitioner routes to accreditation – two-day course plus on-line assessment and distance learning programme. More

Green Deal Advisor (domestic) training for qualified Domestic Energy Assessors
20-21 August at BRE Watford
Two-day course plus online learning modules.  More

Passivhaus Introduction and Workshop
5 September at BRE Watford
Introductory course and workshop aimed at all those with an interest in low-energy design, construction and the Passivhaus standard. More

The 40 Percent Symposium
19 September in London
This is the third in the series of 40 Percent Symposium events aimed at senior executives across the commercial property sector. Asset owners, investors and consultants will discuss the impact of sustainability on value, occupier and investor attitudes. More

Building for people – INSITE13
2-3 October at BRE Watford
Providing the buildings, environments and technologies that people and communities want and can use is the theme of INSITE13, with a particular focus on four key areas – Behavioural change, Communities, Impact of buildings on people/health, and Technology advancement. Register your interest now at

UK Passivhaus Conference 2013
15 October at Jurys Inn in Milton Keynes
The UK Passivhaus conference 2013, includes international speakers, hands-on training sessions, a full-scale exhibition room and a speed networking session to bring you up-to-date with all the latest research. More



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